ASX:SHL

Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

Sonic Healthcare Limited, a healthcare company, provides medical diagnostic services, and administrative services and facilities to medical practitioners.

Rewards

Trading at 16% below its fair value

Earnings are forecast to grow 9.37% per year

Earnings grew by 23.6% over the past year

Pays a high and reliable dividend of 3.65%

Risk Analysis

Has a high level of debt

Highly volatile share price over past 3 months

Shareholders have been diluted in the past year



Snowflake Analysis

Solid track record established dividend payer.


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Share Price & News

How has Sonic Healthcare's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?


Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: SHL's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.


Market Performance


7 Day Return

-0.7%

SHL

4.0%

AU Healthcare

5.0%

AU Market


1 Year Return

-8.3%

SHL

-14.7%

AU Healthcare

-19.2%

AU Market

Return vs Industry: SHL exceeded the Australian Healthcare industry which returned -8.3% over the past year.

Return vs Market: SHL exceeded the Australian Market which returned -17.6% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

SHLIndustryMarket
7 Day-0.7%4.0%5.0%
30 Day-23.2%-20.4%-20.3%
90 Day-22.2%-23.8%-25.8%
1 Year-5.6%-8.3%-12.1%-14.7%-15.6%-19.2%
3 Year15.1%4.5%-12.1%-20.3%-3.6%-16.8%
5 Year27.3%7.6%-12.7%-25.4%6.6%-17.5%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Sonic Healthcare's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?


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Valuation

Is Sonic Healthcare undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?

17.5%

Undervalued compared to fair value


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: SHL (A$23) is trading below our estimate of fair value (A$27.36)

Significantly Below Fair Value: SHL is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: SHL is poor value based on its PE Ratio (18.7x) compared to the Healthcare industry average (12.2x).

PE vs Market: SHL is poor value based on its PE Ratio (18.7x) compared to the Australian market (13.4x).


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: SHL is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (2x)


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: SHL is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (2x) compared to the AU Healthcare industry average (1.2x).


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Future Growth

How is Sonic Healthcare forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 12 analysts?

9.9%

Forecasted annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: SHL's forecast earnings growth (9.4% per year) is above the savings rate (1.1%).

Earnings vs Market: SHL's earnings (9.4% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the Australian market (9.7% per year).

High Growth Earnings: SHL's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: SHL's revenue (5% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the Australian market (4% per year).

High Growth Revenue: SHL's revenue (5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.


Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts


Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: SHL's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (11%).


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Past Performance

How has Sonic Healthcare performed over the past 5 years?

8.8%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: SHL has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: SHL's current net profit margins (8.8%) are higher than last year (8.1%).


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: SHL's earnings have grown by 8.8% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: SHL's earnings growth over the past year (23.6%) exceeds its 5-year average (8.8% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: SHL earnings growth over the past year (23.6%) exceeded the Healthcare industry 8.7%.


Return on Equity

High ROE: SHL's Return on Equity (10.8%) is considered low.


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Financial Health

How is Sonic Healthcare's financial position?


Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: SHL's short term assets (A$1.4B) do not cover its short term liabilities (A$2.1B).

Long Term Liabilities: SHL's short term assets (A$1.4B) do not cover its long term liabilities (A$3.3B).


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: SHL's debt to equity ratio (50.6%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: SHL's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 67.1% to 50.6% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: SHL's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (36.4%).

Interest Coverage: SHL's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (8.2x coverage).


Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: SHL has a high level of physical assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: SHL's debt is not covered by short term assets (assets are 0.5x debt).


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Dividend

What is Sonic Healthcare's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

3.73%

Current Dividend Yield


Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: SHL's dividend (3.65%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the Australian market (3.15%).

High Dividend: SHL's dividend (3.65%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the Australian market (8%).


Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: SHL's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: SHL's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonable payout ratio (69%), SHL's dividend payments are covered by earnings.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: SHL's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be covered by earnings (70.5% payout ratio).


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Management

How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?

12.3yrs

Average board tenure


CEO

Colin Goldschmidt (65yo)

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Tenure

AU$5,538,541

Compensation

Dr. Colin Stephen Goldschmidt, M.B.B.Ch., F.R.C.P.A., F.A.I.C.D. serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Sonic Healthcare Limited since 1993 and has been its Managing Director since 1992. Dr. Goldschmidt  ...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Colin's total compensation ($USD3.38M) is about average for companies of similar size in the Australian market ($USD2.88M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Colin's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.


Board Members

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Colin Goldschmidt
CEO, MD & Executive Directorno dataAU$5.54m0.16% A$17.0m
Christopher Wilks
Finance Director30.33yrsAU$2.46m0.14% A$15.2m
Philip Dubois
Executive Director18.75yrsAU$814.00k0.0019% A$202.1k
Kathryn Spargo
Non-Executive Independent Director9.75yrsAU$240.00k0.0044% A$482.9k
Neville Mitchell
Independent Non-Executive Director2.58yrsAU$220.00k0.0021% A$225.1k
Mark Compton
Chairman of the Board4.42yrsAU$425.00k0.0018% A$195.6k
Louis Panaccio
Non-Executive Independent Director14.83yrsAU$258.00k0.0015% A$161.7k
Elizabeth Wilson
Non-Executive Independent Director9.75yrsAU$233.00k0.0016% A$179.2k

12.3yrs

Average Tenure

61.5yo

Average Age

Experienced Board: SHL's board of directors are seasoned and experienced ( 12.3 years average tenure).


Ownership

Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?


Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: SHL insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.


Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have been diluted in the past year, with total shares outstanding growing by 10.9%.


Top Shareholders

Company Information

Sonic Healthcare Limited's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: Sonic Healthcare Limited
  • Ticker: SHL
  • Exchange: ASX
  • Founded: 1934
  • Industry: Health Care Services
  • Sector: Healthcare
  • Market Cap: AU$10.926b
  • Shares outstanding: 475.05m
  • Website: https://www.sonichealthcare.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • Sonic Healthcare Limited
  • Grosvenor Place
  • Level 22
  • Sydney
  • New South Wales
  • 2000
  • Australia

Listings

TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
SHLASX (Australian Securities Exchange)YesOrdinary SharesAUAUDJan 1992
SKHC.FOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)YesOrdinary SharesUSUSDJan 1992
SABDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesOrdinary SharesDEEURJan 1992
SHLCHIA (Chi-X Australia)YesOrdinary SharesAUAUDJan 1992
SKHH.YOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)SPONSORED ADRUSUSDAug 2017

Biography

Sonic Healthcare Limited, a healthcare company, provides medical diagnostic services, and administrative services and facilities to medical practitioners. The company operates through Laboratory, Imaging, and Other segments. It offers laboratory medicine/pathology and radiology/diagnostic imaging services to clinicians, hospitals, community health services, and their patients. The company also provides general practice, occupational health services, remote health services, community and home nursing services, primary care research programs, health assessment technologies, hospital avoidance programs, and clinical trials and chronic disease management programs. In addition, it offers Phase I-IV clinical trials, safety testing, and patient monitoring services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and research organizations. The company operates 233 primary care clinics. Sonic Healthcare Limited operates in Australia, the United States, Germany, and internationally. The company was formerly known as Sonic Technology Australia Limited and changed its name to Sonic Healthcare Limited in November 1995. Sonic Healthcare Limited was incorporated in 1934 and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia. 


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/04/03 10:34
End of Day Share Price2020/04/03 00:00
Earnings2019/12/31
Annual Earnings2019/06/30


Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.